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Updated May 2, 2017
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Pros
  • great work/life balance, work with passionate people (in 24 reviews)

  • Great people to work with and contacts established (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • The revolving door of upper management is a bit unsettling (in 18 reviews)

  • No room for growth/raises, management doesn't know how to treat their employees (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great culture, poor management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great work/life balance, work with passionate people

    Cons

    Lots of turnover due to lack of direction and career growth. Compensation is not commensurate with responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Show appreciation when employees take on additional roles


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Be able to roll with the changes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, work environment, talented employees, option to work from home

    Cons

    change is constant, wages are a little below standard for certain positions

    Advice to Management

    work on getting businesses aligned


  3. Helpful (1)

    "A Learning Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson Heights, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson Heights, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Gain experience by taking on multiple roles

    Cons

    Lots of work, miminal training

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employees


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Experience depends on which division/office you work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Worked in the events department. Very professional staff who were fun to work with. There were differences depending on which group of events you work on. Obviously, the more successful events lead to better working conditions.

    Cons

    I was with the company for over a decade. I found it strange that they would not be as diversified as you would expect and at times, went all in on an industry. Before the tech bubble burst they went all in on technology and sold off non-tech events. I also questioned why they made some purchases and it was apparent after the purchase that they didn't do their due diligence.

    They also have laid off many older staff to bring in younger staff at lower salaries. You get what you pay for.

    Advice to Management

    Stop laying off older staff just to hire replacements at lower salaries. You are taking large risks and it shows with some of the events folding and others negatively affected by these moves.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UBM (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Being able to attend conferences and keep up on current stuff through the company.

    Cons

    Company constantly laying off rounds of employees

    Advice to Management

    Leave room for advice from employees to grow company and make it more efficient


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company/Wrong Division"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Event and Sales Director in Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Event and Sales Director in Norwalk, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at UBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great event and community company, have acquired a strong portfolio of events/communities. Great technology.

    Cons

    While UBM is great, the New York office was a broken group. I hope they are able to improve it over time.

    UBM Response

    Jul 14, 2016 – Head of Internal Communications

    Yes, acquisitions have added strength -- and are bringing new faces to the NY and other offices.


  8. "Great Team"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UBM as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoy working at UBM, it has a very collaborative and diverse environment, allowing one to learn from one another.

    Cons

    I have been working for lesser than a year and it has been a wonderful experience, so no Cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep continuing the good work and keep promoting a healthy team relationship and support work life balance.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Big and complex"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UBM full-time

    Pros

    I am in a fortunate position where I have a lot of freedom to get my work done. Although UBM is a big and complex, the business works on many levels because it is staffed with some very talented, passionate and experienced people.

    Cons

    Understaffed and/or poorly staffed in many areas. There are a few people there that do a lot of damage or add friction because they are misguided or incompetent. Their titles do not represent their output -

    Advice to Management

    Merit: Is there a way to recognize and compensate those that truly contribute? Is there a way to remove those that don't faster?

    UBM Response

    May 24, 2016 – Head of Internal Communications

    Thanks for the advice! Indeed, that's what we want to do and,as of April 15, we've a new "Head of Reward" hired to make sure we do it.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Good company, needs work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in West Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in West Hollywood, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at UBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are great; health insurance is competitive, ample vacation time, and a few other perks. They are willing to help you grow as an employee so long as it relates to your role.

    Cons

    Culture is all over the place. Lot's of politics. Too many meaningless meetings. Unclear strategy from management. Low employee morale and loyalty to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to employee concerns more closely; you do a survey for employees and roll out the results and then nothing is done to address concerns. Spend sometime developing managers in senior roles.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Miami, FL

    I worked at UBM full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and corporate culture, good salary, great exposure to technology products, trends and working with leading IT companies

    Cons

    No career path or career growth structure to help develop employees. Unprofessional project managers. Lack of performance evaluations

    Advice to Management

    Managers need to learn proper communication skills and how to treat employees with the respect that they deserve.


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